Our mission was to solve a key challenge within critical care today: How to maintain seamless, advanced life support therapy during the transfer of seriously ill patients from one area of the hospital to another. For example, in 2021 terms, how can care teams transport an intubated COVID-19 patient to the imaging suite for a scan of their lungs, without compromising the ventilation keeping the patient alive …
Thoughtful. Mobile. Advanced. The resulting VX850 is a game changing critical care ventilator solution from Philips, accelerated into the market to help save COVID-19 lives. Merging advanced technology and an unwavering focus on user-centricity, the VX850 provides life-saving, uninterrupted critical care ventilation to patients throughout their hospital journey.
The VX850 is built on the idea of "no breath loss." The mobile unit's elegantly simple – yet fully featured – design allows users to detach the core "breathing delivery unit" and mount to any standard hospital bed enabling the patient to travel anywhere through the hospital fulling maintaining breathing support.
Unlike less capable portable options, the VX850 supports a full spectrum of critical care ventilation needs, from management of key weaning challenges, intelligent clinical decision support, combined with adaptive lung-protective ventilation.
Remote control capabilities support infection control. Further, robust interoperability with patient monitors support integrated workflows that simplify equipment needs.
Design of the VX850 began with a deep understanding of critical care workflows and touch points. We identified key opportunities to improve efficiency and extend ventilation capabilities. The VX850 ventilator solution significantly improves critical care support, and delivers advanced ventilation capabilities on the go – all while enhancing the user experience.
Seamless breathing across the patient journey
The VX850 provides dedicated, single connection ventilation from intubation to weaning. When transporting patients within the hospital, care teams do not need to disconnect the patient and switch to a less capable portable ventilator. The use of a single system provides uninterrupted, life-saving therapy.
Beyond the advanced adaptive technology at its core, a host of thoughtful and user-centric design features differentiate the VX850.
Design principle: Versatile mobility
The detachable Breathing Delivery Unit (BDU) is at the heart of the VX850's versatility. An advanced yet simple-to-use technology, the BDU is a removable ventilator providing single, uninterrupted patient connection so that "no breath is lost."
· The BDU supports multiple configurations. It can be mounted on a mobile cart, on a bed mount, or integrated with patient monitoring in a ceiling/wall mount.
· Lightweight, ergonomically balanced components and generous side handles make it easy to position the BDU. Further, when the unit is utilized on the go, the angled display shelf and connection port inset, protect air connections and enhances usability.
Design principle: Integration
The VX850 holistically bridged the need for critical care therapy and monitoring. The VX850 can be utilized standalone or with the Philips MX850 Patient Monitor to provide an integrated critical care solution. Personalized suite configurations allow UI displays and data to be shared within the ICU suite. Harmonization between the UI of the ventilator and monitor supports a more cohesive experience overall, and reduces the burden of redundancy.
Design principle: delineation
The VX850 aesthetic evokes a sense of calm and simplicity. The silhouette is elegant and simple, defined with a single smooth curve that flows from top to bottom. A distinct, horizontal split line delineates between the top and bottom halves of the ventilator. It is clear to users where the unit's Breathing Delivery Unit (BDU) can be detached from the cart and placed on a hospital bed adjacent to the patient.
A visually separate "connection zone" houses all patient connection ports within a recessed framed space, defined by a Mid Gray color contrasted against the clean Alpine White.
Design principle: workflow-friendly down to the smallest detail
· Ergonomically designed wrap-around handle makes positioning simple
· Transparent storage tray, so it is obvious if supplies are running low. Subtle sweeping lines for easy wiping and disinfection after use, which maximizes ventilator "up time.
· Color-coded system parts guide users where parts mate
· BDU display tilts toward user for improved visibility
· Utilizes seamless edge to edge touch screen displays
· A reduced system footprint minimizes ICU space impact
Design process: usability at the core
In the discovery phase, we unpacked the entire user workflow through interviews, shadowing care teams, and assessing their processes and tendencies. We looked for key pain points. We also searched for uncertainties and bottlenecks – however small – experienced by anyone involved with the ventilator.
With this insight, we built and tested multiple concept iterations. We searched for value across the ventilation care experience, for both the patient and care team. This included testing ways to best solve for the smallest workflow minutiae that may hinder a care provider, especially during high stress periods, such as, an acute exacerbation of a COVID-19 patient. The Philips VX850 for critical care ventilation: advanced technology wrapped in a "people first" solution.
The VX850 accelerated release to help meet demand for state-of-the-art ventilator solutions to help save more lives during the current globalpandemic.